Qdos Entertainment

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Qdos Entertainment
Limited
IndustryEntertainment
Founded1999
HeadquartersScarborough
Key people
Nick J Thomas
Websiteqdosentertainment.co.uk

Qdos Entertainment is one of the largest entertainment groups in Europe. Formed by Nick Thomas in 1999, it currently employs 1300 full-time staff across its businesses.[1] The company’s administration centres are in London’s Covent Garden and Scarborough with scenic & costume facilities in Beverley, East Yorkshire and Scarborough, North Yorkshire.

Pantomimes[edit]

Qdos Entertainment is the world’s largest pantomime producer,[2] with over 600 productions over the last 31 years.

In 2017 it was announced[3] that Qdos Entertainment would expand further and produce pantomimes for ATG venues (previously produced by First Family Entertainment) from the 2017-2018 season; bringing the total number of pantomimes produced under the Qdos banner to 35.

In the 2018/2019 season, the company will produce pantomimes at the following theatres:

  • Aberdeen His Majesty's Theatre - Snow White,
  • Belfast Grand Opera House - Jack and the Beanstalk,
  • Birmingham Hippodrome - Peter Pan,
  • Bradford Alhambra Theatre - Aladdin,
  • Bristol Hippodrome - Cinderella,
  • Bromley Churchil Theatre - Cinderella,
  • Cardiff New Theatre - Beauty and the Beast,
  • Crewe Lyceum Theatre - Jack and the Beanstalk,
  • Darlington Hippodrome - Aladdin,
  • Dartford Orchard Theatre - Aladdin,
  • Edinburgh Kings Theatre - Beauty and the Beast,
  • Glasgow SEC Armadillo - Cinderella,
  • Glasgow Kings Theatre - Aladdin,
  • Hastings White Rock Theatre - Jack and the Beanstalk,
  • Hayes Beck Theatre - Peter Pan,
  • High Wycombe - Snow White,
  • Hull New Theatre - Cinderella,
  • Liverpool Empire - Jack and the Beanstalk,
  • Llandudno Venue Cymru - Cinderella,
  • London Palladium - Snow White,
  • Manchester Opera House - Cinderella,
  • Milton Keynes Theatre - Robin Hood,
  • Newcastle Theatre Royal - Goldilocks and the Three Bears,
  • Northampton Royal & Derngate - Peter Pan,
  • Nottingham Theatre Royal - Peter Pan,
  • Plymouth Theatre Royal - Dick Whittington,
  • Richmond Theatre - Peter Pan,
  • Southampton Mayflower Theatre - Dick Whittington,
  • Southend Cliffs Pavilion - Aladdin,
  • Stoke Regent Theatre - Robin Hood,
  • Swansea Grand Theatre - Cinderella,
  • Swindon Wyvern Theatre - Aladdin,
  • Wimbledon New Theatre - Aladdin,
  • Woking New Victoria Theatre - Cinderella,
  • Wolverhampton Grand Theatre - Sleeping Beauty.


In 2017/2018 the company worked with the following star names:

  • Jimmy Osmond,
  • Alan McHugh,
  • Jordan Young,
  • May McFettridge,
  • Paul Burling,
  • Paddy Jenkins,
  • Claire King,
  • Beverly Knight,
  • Danny Mac,
  • Matt Slack,
  • Suzanne Shaw,
  • The Grumbleweeds,
  • Ceri Dupree,
  • Phil Randall,
  • Billy Pearce,
  • Coleen Nolan,
  • Shane Nolan,
  • Joe Pasquale,
  • Marti Pellow,
  • Hayley Tamaddon,
  • Jessie Wallace,
  • Pete Firman,
  • Jason Sutton,
  • Samantha Womack,
  • Gareth Thomas,
  • Tam Ryan,
  • Chico,
  • Stephanie Webber,
  • Mike Doyle,
  • Cannon and Ball,
  • Lee Ryan,
  • Zoe Birkett,
  • Eric Potts,
  • Liam Mellor,
  • Patrick Monhan,
  • Louie Spence,
  • Michelle Collins,
  • Jayne Wisner,
  • Paul Butler,
  • Allan Stewart,
  • Andy Grady,
  • Grant Scott,
  • Gary Tank Commander,
  • The Dolls,
  • Elaine C Smith,
  • Johnny Mac,
  • Juliet Cadzow,
  • Paul-James Corrigan,
  • Honey G,
  • Ben Watson,
  • Tim McArthur,
  • Rita Simons,
  • Simon Webbe,
  • Ashleigh and Sully,
  • Chris Jarvis,
  • Nigel Ellacott,
  • Darren Day,
  • Brendan Sheeran,
  • Charlie Hardwick,
  • Johnny Labey,
  • Sid Sloane,
  • Ricky K,
  • Duncan James,
  • Jodie Prenger,
  • John Evans,
  • Ryan Thomas,
  • Andy Jones,
  • Pauline Daniels,
  • Julian Clary,
  • Elaine Paige,
  • Ashley Banjo and Diversty,
  • Paul Zerdin,
  • Nigel Havers,
  • Gary Wilmot,
  • Charlie Stemp,
  • John Barrowman,
  • The Krankies,
  • Brain Conley,
  • Gok Wan,
  • Danny Adams,
  • Clive Webb,
  • Chris Hayward,
  • Paul Nicholas,
  • Jaymi Hensley,
  • Shelia Ferguson,
  • Kev Orkian,
  • Sherrie Hewson,
  • Ben Richards,
  • Ben Nickless,
  • Andrew Ryan,
  • Steve McFadden,
  • Christopher Biggins,
  • Count Arthur Strong,
  • Issy Van Ranwyck,
  • Ricky Jay,
  • Craig Revel Horwood,
  • Lee Mead,
  • Stacey Solomon,
  • Bobby Davro,
  • Robin Askwith,
  • Jonathon Wilkes,
  • Christian Patterson,
  • Tony Maudsley,
  • Kevin Johns,
  • Matt Edwards,
  • Dooby Duck,
  • Adam Woodyatt,
  • Al Murray,
  • Clive Rowe,
  • Shane Richie,
  • Peter Piper,
  • Ashleigh Gray,
  • Gareth Gates,
  • Lisa Riley,
  • Doreen Tipton,
  • Ian Adams,
  • Graham Cole
  • Adam C Booth.

The Stars already announced for the 2018/2019 season are Allan Stewart, Andy Grady, Grant Scott, Elaine C Smith, Danny Adams, Clive Webb, Chris Hayward, Craig Revel Horwood, Matt Slack, Cannon and Ball, Johnny Mac, Brain Conley, Gok Wan, The Chuckle Brothers, Billy Pearce

Theatres and Hospitality[edit]

Qdos Entertainment’s subsidiary HQ Theatres & Hospitality Ltd is the second largest regional theatre operator in the UK.[4]

Venue Location Contract Start Year[5] Seated capacity
Wycombe Swan Theatre High Wycombe 2005 1076[6]
Wyvern Theatre Swindon 2005 635[7]
Cliffs Pavilion Southend-on-Sea 2006 1657[8]
Palace Theatre Westcliff-on-Sea 2006 611
Orchard Theatre Dartford 2008 956[9]
Beck Theatre Hayes 2009 600[10]
White Rock Theatre Hastings 2009 1066[11]
G Live Guildford 2011 1031[12]
Watford Colosseum Watford 2011 1392[13]
Crewe Lyceum Theatre Crewe 2013 677[14]
Swindon Arts Centre Swindon 2014 200[15]
Churchill Theatre Bromley 2016 781[16]

The company also operates its own restaurants & bars in all HQ Theatres.[17]

Pub/Restaurants, Rooms and Cottages[edit]

HQ Theatres and Hospitality also owns and manages the award-winning[18] Copper Horse Restaurant & Cottages at Seamer near Scarborough, The Mayfield Hotel in Seamer [19] , The Plough Inn in Scalby in North Yorkshire and The Yew Tree Cafe also in Scalby plus other accommodation properties totaling over 50 bedrooms.

Artiste Management[edit]

Qtalent (formerly International Artistes) looks after a number of high-profile performers and actors as well as many of the UK’s top writers, producers and directors.

Cruise Ship Entertainment[edit]

The company supplies and maintains productions to Cunard Queen Victoria, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth cruise ships and the new P&O Cruises ship Britannia.

Design and Print[edit]

A subsidiary company called Adverset Media Solutions is based in Scarborough and provides design, new media and printing services to the commercial, tourism and entertainment industries, in tandem with Qdos Entertainment’s extensive in-house requirements.

Holiday and Leisure Entertainment[edit]

In April 2014 the TED Group, which was part of the Qdos Entertainment Group, was sold through a Management Buy Out.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Stage / Reviews / The entertainment masters with the light touch - Nick Thomas and Jon Conway". The Stage. 2004. Retrieved 2010-08-25.
  2. ^ "Qdos sells more than 2m tickets in record financial year". The Stage. 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-25.
  3. ^ "ATG dumps panto division to reunite with Qdos". The Stage. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  4. ^ Smith, Alistair. "ATG's Live Nation purchase cleared by OFT". The Stage. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  5. ^ "About HQ Theatres". Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  6. ^ "Venue Hire, Wycombe Swan". Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  7. ^ "Venue Hire, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon". Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Conferencing, Southend Theatres". Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  9. ^ "Venue Hire, Orchard Theatre Dartford". Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  10. ^ "Venue Hire, Beck Theatre, Hayes". Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  11. ^ "Venue Hire, White Rock Theatre, Hastings". Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  12. ^ "Venue Hire, G Live Guildford". Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  13. ^ "Venue Hire, Watford Colosseum". Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  14. ^ "Venue Hire, Crewe Lyceum Theatre". Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  15. ^ "Seating Plans". Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  16. ^ "Venue Information". Churchill Theatre. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  17. ^ "HQ Theatres Hospitality". Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  18. ^ Gerrard, Neil. "Ten winners of Les Routiers 2012 Awards announced". Caterer and HotelKeeper. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  19. ^ "Futurist Task Group - Questions for Stakeholders" (PDF). Scarborough Borough Council. 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  20. ^ Quinn, Michael (3 April 2014). "TEDGroup breaks free from Qdos in management buy-out". Retrieved 28 May 2014.

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